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Anonymous donor gives to Valpo groups

By Annette Arnold

Thursday, January 01, 2009

VALPARAISO | The Caring Place and the Porter County Salvation Army ended 2008 on a happy note.  The groups each received a check for $5,000 Wednesday morning from Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain, who made the presentations on behalf of an anonymous donor.  Lain presented checks to Mary Beth Schultz, executive director of The Caring Place, and Major John Welch, of the Salvation Army.  "It's an honor for the Sheriff's Department to be the conduit for such generosity," Lain said. "These are two wonderfully caring organizations."  The anonymous donor, a philanthropic businessman in Porter County, Lain said, wanted to brighten the holidays for children and families. With Lain's help, the donor decided to give to the two local charities.  "This feels great," Lain said. "It's like I'm a surrogate Santa."  Last year the anonymous donor donated items to the pediatrics unit at the hospital.  "I feel this donation this year is even more significant because of the economy," Lain said.  Welch was delighted with the donation.  "Thank you to the person who donated this money," Welch said. "We have helped over 500 families and 1,000 children with toys and donations, and this will help assist families during the year with mortgages, food and youth activities."  Schultz agreed that is donation will help a great deal.  "This goes into the operations of The Caring Place, and we look at donations to help sustain us."  "With a new year this donation signifies a new level of hope and maybe this will inspire others to help others," Lain said.




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